The concept of self defense is growing everyday as our world expands virtually.  In order to truly understand the concept of self defense we need to develop an awareness of total space.  At times this can be somewhat overwhelming, but if you commit to the warrior lifestyle then you must be relentless in your growth, learning and awareness.

What I’m talking about is the idea of the virtual space and what I might call “social media responsibility”.  Namely, what you will do or have done in the real world, which once might be gone and forgotten forever, is now data.  Furthermore, that data is stored somewhere, and for what purpose?  Harmlessly enough, it may be simply for the purpose of sharing photos or thoughts with friends and family, but there are other possibilities that you should be aware of.  I’m risking being hypocritical here, as I do also personally engage in the use of some of these social media, but recently my budo senses have been tingling and raising personal concern in this area.

Let me give you an example, which I often like to use in the office.  Would Bruce Wayne give his dinner guests a tour of the Bat Cave?  What you might intend to keep amongst friends, a comment, a photo a thought; can be quickly uploaded to Cyberspace to remain forever on a database.  This can grow out of control, be misperceived, and complete misinterpreted.  Once thought to be friends become enemies shockingly without knowing the reason why.

If this is the case, then one should choose to practice the art of social media, should accept the responsibility and control the space.  This not only goes for what YOU post, write say or do, but must be aware that ANYONE at anytime can post for you instantly documenting what you might have wished that you never said or did.

This ties into to everything that I have learned in Budo and have recently come to notice and thought I would share this with the reader of Henka.  This may seem like common sense, but it makes sense to come back to zero from time to time, as things seems to be growing faster than the ability of human awareness to adapt.

Soke said to me to me very recently that Budo is not about learning to fight, but to develop the sense to perceive conflict or danger.  Natural forces cannot be controlled no matter how hard you fight or how strong you are.  Somehow nature is evolving, beyond what is natural.

If one is to truly control yourspace, then you need to start by knowing what your space is and it is constantly changing.

 Bufu Ikkan